Oct 29, 2014


I usually keep things light here at the Clinic but I’m going to get serious just for today. You all know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, although every month should be BCA month. Suddenly, pink pops up everywhere as a reminder to turn our attention to our breast health. Women in particular, should perform self breast exams monthly beginning at age 20. A demonstration by nursing students back in my college days was an important lifetime lesson. Since then technology advanced and screenings became available. For years women fought to have the cost of annual 2D mammograms covered by insurance. It finally became law and I urge you ladies over age 40 to take advantage of it every single year. In recent years 3D mammography has come on the scene to provide a clearer image to the technician. If it’s available to you, take advantage of the technology. This may cost additional but it will be the best $50 you ever spent. Screening has saved thousands of lives and it’s so easy. Filling out the paperwork in the waiting room takes more time than the exam. Five minutes and you are out of there! Do it … please.

Although I love the autumn hues of the season, these hot pink pumpkins commemorating BCA month are much more cheerful, don’t’ you think? Try your hand at cookie decorating with these simple pumpkins and give them to friends as a sweet breast health reminder.

Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Hot Pink with AmeriColor Electric Pink and AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for detail tinted Light Pink with AmeriColor Electric Pink
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Wilton Decorating Tip #2, #3
Wilton Decorating Leaf Tip #67

Pipe three sections of pumpkin with #3 tip in hot pink flood icing.

Flood three sections of pumpkin with #3 tip in hot pink flood icing.

Pipe two remaining sections with #3 tip in hot pink flood icing. Let sit one hour.

Pipe stem with #2 tip in light pink icing.
Pipe leaves with leaf tip #67 in light pink icing. Let dry overnight.



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